Bernstein's MASS: An Interfaith Dialogue

  From left to right: moderator and DI/J.E.S. Board member, Ellen Frankel, and panelists S. Zakiya Hasna Islam, Hazzan David Tillman, and Father Dennis Gill.

From left to right: moderator and DI/J.E.S. Board member, Ellen Frankel, and panelists S. Zakiya Hasna Islam, Hazzan David Tillman, and Father Dennis Gill.

Inspired by the exploratory nature of Leonard Bernstein's MASS* and the questions it raises about religion, faith and peace, The Philadelphia Orchestra, in collaboration with the Dialogue Institute, presented an interfaith panel discussion on April 22, 2015.

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(courtesy of The Philadelphia Orchestra).

The discussion, held in Philadelphia at Temple University's Chapel of Four Chaplains, was moderated by DI/J.E.S. Board member, Ellen Frankel, and featured panelists from Muslim, Jewish and Catholic Christian traditions:
S. Zakiya Hasna Islam (a friend and associate of the DI, and graduate student/adjunct faculty member in the Department of Religion at Temple University), Hazzan David Tilman (Keneseth Israel), and Father Dennis Gill (Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul/Archdiocese of Philadelphia). A Temple University multi-choir concert followed the discussion, during which Temple's Concert Choir performed excerpts from MASS.

* MASS, which premiered in 1971, explores a Celebrant's crisis of faith through the eyes of a Jewish composer